An embossed pitcher, Jenri Mejia, who was allowed to return to baseball after a life ban from three positive drug tests, agreed to a Minor League contract with the Red Sox.
If you add it to the list of 40 people, the 29-year-old Dominican right-hander will receive a one-year contract at a rate of $ 625,000 in the big leagues and $ 90,400 among minors.
Mejia will perform at Boston's Minor League Spring Training Camp. He came out of the majors from July 2015.
Mejia was suspended from work on February 12, 2016 after his third positive test for a banned steroid. The drug deal allowed him to file a recovery application after a year, which would take effect at least two years after the ban began, with a decision at the discretion of the commissioner. Commissioner Rob Manfred gave him a conditional restoration on July 6 last year and said that Mejia could return to the big leagues in 2019.
The New York Mets released Mechia on November 20, and did not allow it to be eligible for wage arbitration. Mejia has four years, 140 days of service in the big leagues, and the Mets could have tried to cut his salary to $ 1,383,200 if he remained in the register.
Mejia was closer to the Mets in 2014 and was suspended for 80 games on April 11, 2015 after a positive test for stanozolol, a drug popular among bodybuilders. At that time, he stated: “I can honestly say that I have no idea how the prohibited substance got into my system.”
Mejia returned on July 12, appeared in seven games for New York, and on July 28 was banned for 162 games after a positive test for stanozolol and boldenone. The third suspension was for a positive test for Boldenone, an anabolic steroid commonly used by horse vets.
Mejia 9-14 with a 3.68 ERA in 18 starts and 95 relief appearances. In addition to random drug tests, he performs six additional urine tests and three additional blood tests each year.
Craig Kimbrell remains a free agent, and the Red Sox reorganizes his bullpen.